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Unique Student Identifier (USI) for VET—discussion

17 December 2014

The introduction of Unique Student Identifier—due to be formally implemented in January 2015—was a hot topic at the ASQA information sessions on the new Standards. Many RTOs indicated that they would like to know more about the implementation of the USI .

What do RTOs need to know about the USI?

From 1 January 2015, RTOs are required to meet standard 3.6 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, which relates to implementation of the USI for all new and continuing students. 

From 1 January 2015, under the Student Identifiers Act 2014, an RTO must not issue a VET qualification or statement of attainment to an individual unless the individual has been assigned a student identifier.

Students are encouraged to apply for their USI themselves. While RTOs are not required to apply for USIs on behalf of students, they can do so with students’ permission through the USI Registry System. This may be the most appropriate option depending on your business model. Over 80,000 USIs have already been created. RTOs can access this service through the USI website or alternatively via a webserver interface with your Student Management System.

Where can RTOs get help with the USI?

Responsibility for the USI lies with the USI Office, part of the Australian Government Department of Industry.

The USI Office is assisting training organisations, students, parents and others with the implementation of the USI through a range of information and communication products in both online and ready-to-print formats.

The USI office have also published a USI Registry System User Guide for Organisations.

Please refer to the USI Support materials page on the USI website.

Further questions relating to the USI should be directed to the USI Office in the Department of Industry by calling 13 38 73 or emailing usi [at] industry.gov.au.

Where can RTOs direct students for information on the USI?

Information on the requirement for students to obtain a USI and how to do so is available on the dedicated USI website (www.usi.gov.au). An RTO can link to the USI website to provide information on the USI to their students and prospective students.